An August Update

I have finally emerged from my unintentional blogging hiatus to give you an August update. The past few weeks have been a little crazy, to say the least. For instance, last week I tried going to Bangkok, but missed all the vans that would have gotten me there in time for an appointment. So I turned around and went two hours in the other direction to Siem Reap to join Andrew. That's how we roll here. If one exotic destination doesn't work out, just try another one.

Last week I finally grabbed some [definitely poor-quality] shots of the kids' program I've been helping with the past several weeks on Saturday afternoons. Two other ladies and I go to a local preschool, play recreation games, teach English and a Bible story, and just have a good ol' time with the kids.

An English activity, helping the kids learn the names of body parts

Teaching the Bible story

I've also started teaching English twice a week for the SP female staff. One group is at the beginner level, which is pretty easy to teach - Hello, what is your name? The second group is a lot more advanced and interested in learning complex phrases, grammar, all the staff that I learned in 9th grade and promptly forgot. One especially bright student will ask, "Teacher, is that an active participle or a complex conjugate?" (Or something like that - I don't actually understand what she says!). I reply, "I have no idea, I just know what sounds right!" Great teacher, right?!?

I have also started my last semester of my bachelor's in nursing courses - woo hoo! If you're thinking, wait I thought you were already a nurse??? I graduated with an associate's degree in nursing and got an RN (registered nurse) license 6 years ago. Last year, I started taking classes online to get a bachelor's in nursing degree. I've enjoyed the program a lot more than I expected but I am still excited about graduating in December!

One last story! A few months ago, Andrew visited a village with a team to see a school. While they were there, one of the teachers told them about a young girl who had a "throat problem". One of the staff, a public health specialist, saw that she had huge tonsils. We eventually brought the girl to the clinic for a "history and physical" - an examination and to see what they'd done in the past for her. Although they had been seen at two different hospitals, one doctor said her throat was normal, and the second said she was too young for the tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) at 4 years old. 

In case you are wondering, these are not normal tonsils!

 I was able to find a non-profit clinic in Phnom Penh to do the surgery for the family at a reduced price. Throughout the process, the SP ministry staff in Poipet talked with the family and connected her with other Christians in Phnom Penh and also gave a donation to help with the surgery costs through the local church. I was excited to hear last week that the surgery finally went through without any problems, and the girl was recovering quickly. Although as a nurse, I may not be able to treat patients, I'm really happy when I can connect families with others that can help take care of their problems.